There has been a lot of talk in the online freelance writing community about whether the economy is affecting their workload. My own experience is that it is not, at least not much: After a slow January and a slow first few weeks of February, I've found my workload has increased to nearly what it was before the holidays, and that with me slacking off on the marketing front.
I personally feel that as freelance writers we actually have greater job security than our "captive" counterparts. While an employee is dependent on one single company for their income, we have many clients and therefore many sources of income. This means that if we lose a client, we have others to help cushion the blow.
However, it appears that while working from home as a freelance writer has its benefits, working from home as a full-time employee does not. Yesterday I saw this article about telecommuters and others with flexible schedules who fear they'll be the first to go when companies start cutting back. As it happens, I know two telecommuters who were just laid off and had already heard their concerns, so I can definitely see this article's point of view.
But I'm eager to hear my readers' thoughts on the matter. What do you think? Is telecommuting riskier than self-employment, despite what conventional wisdom would say?